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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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#8 in our 50 over 50 Project

Kim Davis

When Kim came to the studio for her consultation you'd thought we have been friends forever. Her smile was contagious and her personality so fun and happy!

She is a native of Danville and is employed at Comcast where she has worked for 37 years!

 She is a proud mother of 2 daughters and a son ( in the marines ) and 3 beautiful granddaughters aging from 6 months to 6 years old.

 

QUESTIONS ASKED:

ME: Whats the best part about being over 50?

Kim: I've raised my kids to be successful adults and not I have time to enjoy life and spend time with my husband. 

ME: What advice would you give your 20 year old self? 

Kim: Don't look back, push forward and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS! Don't let people stand in your way! 

 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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#7 in our 50 over 50 Project

Linda Owens

I met Linda when she found her husband Ronnie. He had known my family for years and they came together in 2012 and ask me to photograph them for their engagement and something for thier wedding. I went back in my archives to find that session so I could share it here for you. 

Linda was born and raised in Chase City and moved here in 1980. She and Ronnie have been married for 8 years. She has two sons, Jason and Neil and four grandkids, 2 girls and 2 boys. They love to camp and so do her boys so its often a family get away for all. Some favorite destinations are Tennesse, Florida and beaches on the East Coast (Myrtle, Emerald Isle) She also enjoys knitting, crochet and photography.

 

Linda has worked for Hughes Memorial Foundation since 1988 as Executive Director. They offer grants and scholarships for area kids. She also has her own business, LBO Consulting where she assist with business accounting. This business was established in 2000. 

 

QUESTIONS ASKED:

ME: Whats the best part about being over 50?

Linda: Accepting yourself for who you are and being happy with who you are! 

ME: What advice would you give your 20 year old self? 

Linda: It all gets better. Live and learn from mistakes and move on! 

 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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SURVIVOR 

#6 in our 50 over 50 project

Diane Tu

I met this beautiful lady 6 years ago when I first started offering my Allure Sessions. It was October of 2013, Breast cancer awareness month and she wanted to celebrate three years of being cancer free. I was touched by her story and her strength then and was honored to be able to photograph her and document this milestone in her journey!

Since that time, we've become friends, and Ive photographed her family and her son Shane's senior portraits! Remember the Steampunk senior models?  When she broke the news that the cancer had returned in December of 2016 my heart broke for her and her family! Im sure this news hit HARD, but she never showed that struggle, or at least I never saw it. I watched her post and she told me about the surgeries ahead, but what I saw was a women LIVING LIFE full force and with her family. I watched them travel, and go to many concerts.....the family sold their home in Danville and moved to the beach. I just loved that she choose to LIVE and LOVE and make every minute count. 

She has had a total hysterectomy, double mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries since this second battle began. 

When she saw my 50 over 50 project she reached out and said LISA, its been another 3 years cancer free and Id love to do another session to celebrate. Even though she has not reached the golden age of 50, I feel her journey this life has presented to her and this milestone should be included in my project! This is the power of photographs.....why my job is so much more than a JOB. 

 

Diane has been married to Cheng since Sept.21, 1996

She has 2 son's, Shane and Sean. 

 

 

 
Thursday, March 05, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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Mary Kent's 

50 over 50 session

Let me introduce our 5th lady in our project! 

 

Mary is new to Danville, and has only been living here a year and a half. She is married to her collage sweetheart and they have 2 children, a son living in Baltimore and a daughter living in Knoxsville. Mary's husband retired from the Army after 30 years and recently took a position at our hospital. They have moved 16 times in their marriage, living in Washington State, Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska and Germany to name a few!!! 

   Mary has a degree in Hospital Administration, a degree in Library Science, and a Degree in Nursing. She is currently enjoying working with Wilkins & Company as an administrative assistant. It was awesome hearing her express what a joy it is to work in an environment  she enjoys and with people who are so nice to be around. 

I have loved getting to know Mary thru this project. She is a natural beauty and I loved that she came in owning it! Her long natural gray hair and she doesn't wear makeup at all. She wanted to be sure we would not over do the transformation process. I was delighted to keep her true to herself and celebrate her true beauty. I did twist her arm a little and she allowed us to do makeup! :) ( just a little natural look ) She is stunning and a beautiful soul also. 

 

QUESTIONS ASKED:

Me: Whats the best part of being over 50?

Mary: Knowing how to prioritize your time and that its more important choosing WHO I spend time with. 

Me: What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Mary: Always know you do have the power to make your life what you want it to be! 

 

 

 

 

 
Friday, February 28, 2020
By Lisa H Carter
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Lynn Ross

#4 in our 50/50 Project

When Lynn came in for her consultation before her session, I was so touched by her story! One of the harder parts of being over 50 is we often find ourselves in the roll of a caregiver for our aging parents. She is blessed to still have her mom who is 90 years old. We often get so busy trying to juggle our jobs, our homes, and doing the best we can for our parents in their time of needs. Lynn really needed a day to be pampered and made to feel special and to see just how beautiful she is!!! 

WE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED.....Lynn is a beautiful spirit!! 

 

   Lynn moved to Danville in 1983 and worked as an event coordinator for Stradford Conference Center. She is currently employed by Woodall Chevrolet where she's worked for the past 12 years. She has been married, but is a single lady at this time in her life. She has one son and two grandchildren, an 18 year old granddaughter and 16 year old grandson. 

   We had a really awesome day together creating her images! She brought me lots of fun outfits and let us style her just a little differently than her day to day look. She was a little unsure about the curls, but WOW!!!! Just look how amazing she looks!    

 

QUESTIONS ASKED:

Me: Whats the best part of being over 50?

Lynn:  The best part of being a woman over 50 was finding myself.. my strengths and my blessings. I learned to never just settle for less than I deserve and you can't depend on someone else to make you happy...your life and piece of mind comes from within yourself.

 

Me: What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Lynn: "Listen to your head instead of your heart! Plan for your retirement, and find a job that has retirement plan. Spend more time enjoying your son instead of working more hours to support him."